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housing insecurity

Housing is a necessity, yet every year there are approximately 20,000 evictions and 3,000 foreclosures in New York City, which disproportionately affect low income communities of color.

Eviction can lead to homelessness, job loss, and a cascade of other negative outcomes that cause severe harm to families and their communities. With housing costs rising across the city and the exceedingly short supply of affordable housing, more and more people—families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans—are having trouble finding and keeping housing.

Foreclosure can be devastating for homeowners with low-income who often worked for years to secure a home of their own. To make matters worse, those facing foreclosure, particularly in low-income communities of color, are targeted for scams that promise relief and provide no results. NYLAG attorneys work with homeowners to keep them in their homes through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach.

Safe and secure housing is a basic human need and should be a universal right; without it, everything, from employment to education, becomes so much harder.

3,250

tenants helped with eviction, displacement, and homelessness

750

foreclosures prevented

750

homeowners remained in their homes

Services

Our talented attorneys and paralegals fight for housing justice: fair, safe, and affordable housing for adults and families so that they can stay in their communities and thrive. NYLAG’s lawyers can help in the following ways:

  • Representing clients facing eviction
  • Preventing foreclosure through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach
  • Helping clients secure and keep affordable housing

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NYLAG is part of the solution to the housing crisis in New York:

NYCHA’s Section 8 logjam continues on for too many

An error in NYCHA’s case management system that wrongfully terminated tenants’ Section 8 vouchers continues to leave tens of thousands in jeopardy. In this follow up article on the issue, NYLAG attorney Anna Luft offered further commentary on the struggle that tenants face in accessing key information from NYCHA’s customer centers.

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Voucher Holders Navigate Through Red Tape

A failure in NYCHA’s case management system caused thousands of tenants with Section 8 vouchers to be mislabeled as delinquent on their annual recertifications. NYLAG attorney Anna Luft spoke to The Riverdale Press about the issue and NYLAG’s swift action urging the agency to immediately suspend the terminations.

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New York City Rent Increase: What You Need to Know

NYLAG’s Sophie Cohen contributed to this New York Times article on the impacts of recent rent increases in New York City. “When a rent-stabilized apartment has annual rent increases of this magnitude, it is no longer about affordability and sustainability for tenants.”

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